Motion: Create a new project

Create a new project

You can create a Motion project from scratch, using the standard project settings in the preview area of the Project Browser. If none of the presets meets your needs, you can create a project with custom properties. You can also create projects prepopulated with selected media. Additionally, you can create projects based on predesigned motion graphics templates or on special templates for use as effects in Final Cut Pro X.

Create a basic project

  1. Open Motion or, if it’s already open, choose File > New (or press Command-N).

  2. In the Project Browser, select the Blank category in the left sidebar, then click the Motion Project icon.

  3. In the right column, click the Preset pop-up menu and choose a frame rate.

    A new, untitled Motion project opens. The project is not saved to your storage device until you choose a save command from the File menu. For more information on saving project files, see Save, autosave, and revert projects.

  4. In the right column, click the Frame Rate pop-up menu and choose a frame rate.

    Important: Frame rates cannot be changed after you create a project.

  5. Click Open.

A new project with the settings you specified opens in the Motion window.

Create a project with custom properties

  1. Open Motion or, if it’s already open, choose File > New (or press Command-N).

  2. In the Project Browser, select the Blank category in the left sidebar, then click the Motion Project icon.

  3. In the right column, click the Preset pop-up menu, then choose Custom.

    Project Browser showing custom settings

    Additional properties controls appear.

  4. Set the resolution (width and height), field order, aspect ratio, frame rate, and default duration for your custom project.

  5. Click Open.

    A new, untitled Motion project opens using the custom properties you specified.

Create a 360° video-ready project

  1. Open Motion or, if it’s already open, choose File > New (or press Command-N).

  2. In the Project Browser, click a project icon (such as Motion Project or Final Cut Effect).

  3. In the right column, click the Preset pop-up menu, then choose a 360° Video option.

  4. Click Open.

    A new, untitled 360° Motion project opens.

    For more information, see 360° video overview.

Create a project prepopulated with specific media files

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Import As > Project (or press Shift-Command-I).

    • Open the Project Browser, then click Import as Project.

  2. In the dialog that appears, navigate to and select the one or more media files, Shift-clicking to select contiguous items or Command-clicking to select noncontiguous items.

    Import as Project dialog
  3. If needed, set the frame rate, aspect ratio, field order, and audio mix settings (by clicking Options in the dialog).

    Fixed settings inherent to the selected files remain dimmed, but will propagate to the new project. For example, because movie files have an inherent frame rate, aspect ratio, and field order, those settings are dimmed in the dialog.

    Except for the Frame Rate parameter, these settings can be modified after the project is created, in the Properties Inspector. For more information, see Project properties overview.

    Note: If you selected an item from an image sequence, select the Image Sequence checkbox to have Motion use each image as a frame in a movie clip. For more information, see About image sequences.

  4. Click Import as Project.

A new project populated with the media you selected opens.

Published Date: Apr 19, 2018
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